James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, who was also wounded by John Hinckley has died at the age of 73, reports NBC News. Brady was one of America’s most prominent gun control advocates, to further his efforts to change gun culture, he founded the Brady Campaign.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. His Family Said He ‘Made the World a Better Place’
His family released a statement celebrating Brady’s achievements and life:
Jim touched the lives of so many and has been a wonderful husband, father, friend and role model. We are enormously proud of Jim’s remarkable accomplishments – before he was shot on the fateful day in 1981 while serving at the side of President Ronald Reagan and in the days, months and years that followed. Jim Brady’s zest for life was apparent to all who knew him, and despite his injuries and the pain he endured every day, he used his humor, wit and charm to bring smiles to others and make the world a better place.
2. He Had Been in a Wheelchair Since 1981
Since 1981, Brady had been in a wheelchair following the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt. Through this he became a leading advocate for gun control. In 1993, President Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act into law. During Hinckley’s attack, Brady was shot in the head.
3. His Wife Is Also a Gun-Control Activist
Brady is survived by his wife Sarah, who is also a prominent gun control activist.
4. Beau Bridges Played Him in a Movie
5. His Legacy Will Live on Forever in the White House
The Press Briefing Room in the White House is named after him. The name was given to the room in 2000.